The paving of Hwy. 411 began Aug. 13 where the road intersects with Chapman Hwy.
The project is slated to repave the road from intersection down to the Blount County line.
Tennessee Department of Transportation Communication Officer Mark Nagi said 1.72 miles of 1.25-inch-thick asphalt will be resurfaced.
“This road was deemed in need of resurfacing due to the age and conditions of the existing asphalt,” Nagi said. “Periodic resurfacing is necessary to maintain the overall structure of our roadways and to maintain safe travel ways.”
The project was awarded to Blalock & Sons at a total of $339,339.33.
Blalock crews on site said they expect the resurfacing to be completed by Aug. 17.
“The completion date of this contract is on or before November 15, 2012,” Nagi said.
In order to repave the road, traffic had to be directed away from lanes being worked which caused traffic to stall throughout numerous parts of the day.
To combat this factor, Blalock crews are voiding road work during peak traffic hours.
Nagi estimated about 7,165 vehicles travel the road daily.
“Roadway dimensions and lane configurations will remain the same at the completion of the project,” he said. “This route was reviewed prior to the plans being developed for this project for any safety improvements that may be made including guardrail upgrades and reflective markings for the roadway.”
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